Shunsuke Watanabe (LOT) has been struggling and it seems his latest start was enough for the Marines to decide it was time to ship him down to Ni-gun.
Since his last victory on 7/28 vs the Seibu Lions, Watanabe is 0-4 in 7 starts with a 8.10 ERA and 1.97 WHIP.
In other Lotte pitching staff related news:
Brian Corey will likely get today's start against the Softbank Hawks. The Marines were hoping that Yuki Karakawa might be ready for the start, but it seems Corey will get it instead.
Corey joined the Ichi-gun roster for practice on Wendesday.